Each Roman mile was about 1,000 paces (about 5,000 feet) and was marked by a milestone. The modern word for mile derives from the Roman word mille passus, or “thousand paces,” which measured 5,000 Roman feet. By the early fourth century, the Romans had built a road network of 53,000 miles throughout the empire. This vast network of roads all originated in the center of Rome - The Umilicus Urbis Romae - "Navel of the City of Rome". From here all distances in the Empire were measured. It was situated in the Roman Forum where its remnants can still be seen. There is no better place to begin our Italian adventure then in the ancient city of Rome.
The following blog entries will introduce us to the history, the art and, most importantly, the food of Rome.